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  • Skype found guilty of GPL violations

    Posted July 27, 2007 - 11:16 am

    Skype has been found guilty of violating the GNU General Public License (GPL) by a Munich, Germany regional court, a decision likely to influence the way companies approach GPL compliance in the future.
  • IEEE group settles on faster Ethernet plans

    Posted July 24, 2007 - 9:24 am

    A technical group working on the next generation of Ethernet has agreed to disagree and will now work on a single standard that covers both 40G bps (bit-per-second) and 100G bps speeds.
  • Itheon launches desktop network simulator

    Posted July 13, 2007 - 10:57 am

    Itheon Networks has announced a compact network simulator which can check, on a desktop, how applications will perform over a wide area network.
  • 3Com pins hopes on China's low labor costs

    Posted July 12, 2007 - 8:35 am

    Networking equipment vendor 3Com Corp. is counting on low labor costs in China to help the company earn better margins on its products and compete against rivals like Cisco Systems Inc., the company's chief executive officer said Wednesday.
  • AOL to refund customers for unauthorized charges

    Posted July 11, 2007 - 4:00 pm

    AOL LLC will pay more than US$3 million to settle complaints that it charged customers for unauthorized services.
  • MS WPC: Microsoft to launch next product wave in February 2008

    Posted July 11, 2007 - 5:00 am

    Microsoft Corp. Tuesday said it would formally unveil the next wave of its enterprise products -- including the long-awaited "Longhorn" version of Windows Server -- in February 2008 at a launch event in Los Angeles.
  • Altus Extreme Knowledge Sharing

    Posted July 9, 2007 - 12:11 pm

    Think of YouTube gone corporate, powered by TiVO and indexed by Google search. Think searching a DVD by indexed keywords rather than movie scenes. Think of watching your CEO blather on but with the ability to skip ahead to the part where you get mentioned by name and notified of your forthcoming huge bonus (that may be a daydream, but one can hope). If these sound interesting, check out Altus Learning Systems ( and see how corporate events, invigorated by social networking video presentations, can impart more information faster and more accurately than ever. I think Altus has a great hook here, if for no other reason than every CEO believes he or she should be on TV every day.
  • Users and security

    Posted July 2, 2007 - 4:20 pm

    During the Seattle How to Fix IT Panel of Experts keynote I moderated for ITEC, one attendee asked a painful question: "How do you train users to care about security?" My immediate flip answer? You can train seals, but not users. Less flip: users believe security is your job, not theirs, and that's your biggest problem. Users need to equate security breaches with pain, and right now they just equate security breaches with a Keystone Kops fire drill by IT.
  • Maporama picks Microsoft's Virtual Earth over Google

    Posted June 28, 2007 - 10:11 am

    Maporama International, a French location services company, has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to use its Virtual Earth mapping and satellite imagery, the companies said on Thursday.
  • CA's Spectrum tool now looks at human errors

    Posted June 26, 2007 - 10:36 am

    The latest version of CA Inc.'s Spectrum network management software, released Monday, can factor in human errors when gauging the health of a network.
  • Funding, security top issues for gov't telecom managers

    Posted June 25, 2007 - 4:04 pm

    U.S. government agencies are interested in unified communications systems that integrate voice, video and data over Internet Protocol, but they have concerns about funding and security, according to a survey released Monday.
  • Cool Down

    Posted June 21, 2007 - 12:06 pm

    Summer makes it hot outside, but data centers tend to be too hot inside every day of the year. Ever thought about installing an air conditioner in the bottom of your server rack?
  • United planes downed by computer glitch

    Posted June 20, 2007 - 8:08 pm

    United Air Lines Inc. was forced to scrap 24 domestic flights Wednesday when the computers it uses to dispatch flights failed.
  • T-Mobile, Truphone: disconnected over VOIP

    Posted June 19, 2007 - 3:59 pm

    A U.K. startup specializing in offering Internet telephone service via certain Nokia Wi-Fi enabled cell phones is making few friends with mobile operators, signalling tension ahead in the high stakes mobile phone industry.
  • 'Italian job' Web attack hits 10,000 sites

    Posted June 18, 2007 - 6:11 pm

    Online criminals have launched a widespread Web attack that has turned tens of thousands of legitimate Web sites into weapons, security vendors said Monday.
  • Find Problem, Fix Problem

    Posted June 15, 2007 - 2:16 pm

    Ever had a coworker call your cell phone so you can hear it and then find it in the mess you call a workspace? Wouldn't you love every problem to send a clear signal so you can go directly to the problem and fix it?
  • Raketu to add mobility to Web-based VOIP

    Posted June 15, 2007 - 12:42 pm

    Raketu Communications Inc. will add two new mobile phone features to its integrated communications, entertainment and social networking service in a move to attract consumers on the go.
  • Leveraging Linux

    Posted June 7, 2007 - 11:59 am

    Linux news pops to the top of magazines and blogs constantly now, and even the most traditional IT executives admit to being curious. If the word comes down to you that a Linux pilot is needed, check out the work done by many to improve technology in our schools. Some readers tell me they've saved a in money and time.
  • Automating programmers

    Posted May 31, 2007 - 11:08 am

    Too many companies have become software developers by accident. A program here, a program there, and HR puts an ad out for a developer. Suddenly deadlines are issued and just as quickly missed, and servers groan under multiple compilation jobs. Before your company gets buried by disorganized groups of programmers tweaking scripts to gather modules scattered across the network for a nightly code build, get organized.
  • Users may have to take Nortel-Avaya call

    Posted May 31, 2007 - 2:21 am

    An acquisition of Avaya Inc. by Nortel Networks Corp. might help the buyer expand its enterprise telephony business and pare down a crowded industry, but the deal could be tough for customers.
  • Point to Point Radio Broadband

    Posted May 25, 2007 - 11:24 am

    Here's a network headache for you: connect a high speed link to the building across a half-acre parking lot. Or maybe to the building on the other side of the busy city street. The quick answer is call up your datacom supplier and order another T1, but that's the old way with limited bandwidth and continuing charges every month. The new way is to run an inexpensive radio broadband link at 36Mbps on up to 48Mbps based on unlicensed radio frequencies.
  • INTEROP: Microsoft says licensing protects customers

    Posted May 24, 2007 - 10:27 am

    A top Microsoft executive promoted the company's licensing of network security protocols at the Interop trade show on Wednesday, but not before taking time out during a keynote address to defend the company's patent licensing program for open-source software.
  • INTEROP: Telephony vendors line up behind Microsoft

    Posted May 22, 2007 - 8:32 am

    If Microsoft Corp. is muscling in on enterprise telephony vendors' turf, most of those companies right now are just trying to get along.
  • Networking trouble caused nuke plant to shut down

    Posted May 22, 2007 - 8:25 am

    Water pumps need firewalls too. That's what operators of the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant discovered last August when they were forced to manually shut down one of their plant's two reactors after networking problems caused two water pumps to fail and threatened the stability of the plant itself.
  • INTEROP: Network show blooms, thinks green

    Posted May 22, 2007 - 8:21 am

    The Interop networking trade show is growing bigger by getting broader.
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